Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Skins to visit with LB Porter
By Dan Graziano
As the Washington Redskins continue to search for pass-rushing help, it looks like former Steelers and Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter has entered the picture. Porter, one of the more outspoken players in the league, had 32 sacks in three seasons with the Dolphins, including 17.5 in '08.
Porter will arrive at Redskins Park on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 32-year-old has had a very productive and healthy career, but he's not the sort of player who blends into a locker room. His recurring complaints wore on the Dolphins, although general manager Jeff Ireland indicated during the combine that Porter's play on the field is what led to his release.
Porter played for Redskins linebackers coach Lou Spanos when the two were in Pittsburgh and he also spent a season under Skins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. If the Redskins sign Porter, the move will likely cut into Andre Carter's playing time. Obviously Washington's not going to allow Porter to impede Brian Orakpo's progress.
At this point in his career, Porter's pretty much a one-dimensional player. He can still rush the passer, but he has no business being a three-down player. The Redskins have already signed one controversial player in running back Larry Johnson. We'll see if Porter's next.
For an organization that's supposedly building through the draft, signing both Johnson and Porter would be curious decisions.